Many European cities have extensive tram networks. While trams are an easy and efficient means of transportation, they do cause a few problems. The most noticeable of these is the untidy and often ugly wiring that must be put up. Trams run on electricity, so wherever the trams go, the wires must follow. On most streets there is just one set of wires travelling overhead, so the overall appearance is not too badly damaged. However at certain places (such as road intersections), the number of wires crossing each other can become so high that the wiring becomes a mess.
In Salzburg, Austria there are no trams. Instead, the overhead system of wires is used for buses. It is a strange system, since the buses do not have their normal flexibility, being connected to the wires. They cannot turn arbitrarily, and must follow the wires at all times.
I remember wondering what would happen if a bus driver accidentally turned at the wrong place. I concluded that the wires would break and the bus would be stranded in the middle of the street. As a pedestrian it is very interesting to watch the buses turn because when they do, the wire they are connected to stretches and strains, before finally regaining its original position.
The above photograph shows one of many busy crossings in Salzburg. It is located in central Salzburg, and is well connected to the rest of the city. While street lights are considered boring and ugly, they are very important for the proper functioning of city roads and the smooth flow of traffic.
(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “(Extra)ordinary” and “Connected“)
There is really no reason to carve a lamp post. It would probably not make any difference to anyone’s life if the lamp post were not carved, or if it were carved any differently. However, the fact that the lamp post is carved subtly adds to the atmosphere and character of the place. Small things like the lamp post won’t be given much attention, but if they are missing or unattractive, they ruin the whole experience.
This photograph was taken at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria. Everything at the Palace has a grand feel to it, and even the lamp posts aren’t exempt from this. Though the candles have been replaced by light bulbs, the outer structure of the lamp post is probably similar to what it was when the Palace was built.
Nighttime photography opens up a whole new range of possibilities. Most nighttime photographs are simply impossible to recreate in the day, no matter how technologically advanced the equipment used is. Not only does nighttime photography require different equipment and camera settings, but it also produces photographs with a different “feel”.
This photograph was taken on Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. During this festival families are supposed to decorate their homes with lights, candles, diyas (small earthen pots that are filled with oil and lit) and rangolis (colourful patterns made on the floor using petals, colours, etc). My family and I decided to put small, simple lights on the plants on the balcony, as diyas and candles would be difficult to sustain in the wind. The beautiful effect created by the lights had not been anticipated by any of us.
The darkness of the leaves provides a nice contrast to the light and flashiness of the building behind it. For some inexplicable reason, this picture conveys serenity and calmness. Perhaps it is because of the smooth bokeh of the lights in the background. The photograph is divided into two opposing parts: the natural plant in the foreground, and the artificial lights in the background.
(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Narrow“, “Half and Half“, “Vivid“, “Rule of Thirds“, “Serenity” and “Blur“)
Diwali, perhaps the most widely celebrated Hindu festival of all, is a festival of lights. One tradition that has survived to this date is that of Diyas. Diyas, which are small earthen bowls such as those in the photograph, are filled with oil and lit. The diyas, which are symbols of wealth and happiness, are then arranged all around the house. It is said that if your house is lit well enough, the Goddess of Wealth will visit your home on Diwali and bless you with prosperity. Thus, people make the effort of decorating and lighting up their houses with all sorts of lights and candles.
(Entered in The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenges: “Careful“, “Symbol“, “Warmth” and “Shadowed“)